Researchers from the U.S Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory predict that the widespread use of electric cars will reduce transportation greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. They found that switching to zero-emission vehicles, along with a clean electric grid, will be essential to achieving this goal. The study also emphasizes the importance of managing travel demand growth and making policy changes to support the transition to electric vehicles.
The researchers used a model called TEMPO to simulate over 2,000 scenarios and determine what is needed to decarbonize passenger and freight travel. They concluded that a combination of strategies could lead to an 89% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2050. They also pointed out that technology advancements, policy changes, and shifts in behavior will all be necessary to achieve this goal.
The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, highlights the shift towards clean transportation solutions as a crucial step in addressing climate and air quality issues. The research was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Strategic Analysis Team.
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